Perceptions of therapeutic principles in a therapeutic community
Capone, Georgina; Braham, Louise; Schroder, Thomas; Moghaddam, Nima
THOMAS SCHRODER THOMAS.SCHRODER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Purpose: This study aimed to explore staff and service users’ perceptions of therapeutic principles within a unique male high secure learning disability therapeutic community (LDTC).
Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative approach was adopted using deductive content analysis and inductive thematic analysis. Twelve participants took part in a semi-structured interview to explore their perceptions of Haigh’s (2013) quintessence principles and any further additional therapeutic features in the environment not captured by the theory.
Findings: All five quintessence principles were identified in the LDTC environment. Some limits to the principle of ‘agency’ were highlighted, with specific reference to difficulties implementing a flattened hierarchy in a forensic setting. Additional therapeutic features were identified including; security and risk, responsivity, and more physical freedom which appear to aid implementation of the quintessence principles.
Research limitations/implications: The study was performed within a single case study design. Therefore results remain specific to this LDTC. However, the finding of these principles in such a unique setting may indicate Haigh’s (2013) quintessence principles are evident in other TC environments.
Originality/value: This is the first research paper that has attempted to test whether Haigh’s (2013) quintessence principles are evident within a given therapeutic community. The research provides empirical evidence for the quintessence principles in a novel TC setting and suggests recommendations for future research.
Capone, G., Braham, L., Schroder, T., & Moghaddam, N. (2017). Perceptions of therapeutic principles in a therapeutic community. Therapeutic Communities, 38(2), https://doi.org/10.1108/TC-02-2017-0009
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||May 8, 2017|
|Publication Date||May 30, 2017|
|Deposit Date||May 31, 2017|
|Publicly Available Date||May 31, 2017|
|Journal||Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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